5:56 PM, Mar 10, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican congressman Paul Broun is leading a field of five Senate candidates in Georgia, a new poll has found. Broun has 27 percent of the GOP primary vote, according to a poll commissioned by liberal group Better Georgia. Broun's competitors came in relatively far behind, with fellow congressman Phil Gingrey in second with 14 percent, congressman Jack Kingston with 13 percent, and businessman David Perdue with 12 percent. Former secretary of state Karen Handel registered 9 percent support.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has more on the poll, which was conducted by Democratic polling firm PPP:
It gets more interesting in head-to-head matchups with Democratic front-runner Michelle Nunn. Respondents had Nunn and Broun at a 38 percent deadlock, and Nunn with slight leads over Kingston, Handel and Gingrey. (A matchup between Nunn and Perdue was apparently not one of the questions.)
The poll involved 580 voters surveyed between March 5-6. Roughly half of the respondents said they generally vote in GOP primaries and 41 percent vote in Democratic contests. Some 49 percent favored Mitt Romney in 2012, compared to 43 percent who backed Barack Obama.
The candidates are all vying for the seat being vacated by retiring Republican Saxby Chambliss. Democrats consider the seat a potential opportunity for a pick-up in a red state, and some Georgia donors say Broun's nomination would shift traditional business-community dollars to the Democrat, Michelle Nunn:
The consensus choice for the “wrong” Republican candidate is Paul Broun, the Athens-based antigovernment congressman who says evolution and the Big Bang theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell” and as recently as 2010 said he “didn’t know” if Barack Obama was an American citizen. While the candidates have almost indistinguishable views on policy—they all support repealing Obamacare, oppose amnesty for illegal aliens before border security, and want to roll back federal regulations—in Broun’s view, the others are all crypto-statists.
Nunn is the daughter of former senator Sam Nunn, who remains well regarded in Georgia.
5:01 PM, Feb 20, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The 2014 Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Georgia remains effectively tied up among the five top candidates, according to a new poll. Businessman David Perdue, a first-time candidate and cousin of former governor Sonny Perdue, has the lead with 12.7 percent, the Daily Caller reports.
2:22 PM, Feb 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Senate candidate Tom Cotton has a four-point lead over incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor in a new poll of the Arkansas race. According to the new Impact Management Group poll, 46 percent of likely Arkansas voters said they would support Cotton, the first-term congressman from Dardanelle, and 42 percent said they'd vote for Pryor.
9:07 AM, Feb 12, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll of likely Alaska voters finds incumbent Democratic senator Mark Begich leading a potential Republican challenger by 12 points with the inclusion of an independent candidate. Begich, who was first elected in 2008 over scandal-plagued Republican Ted Stevens, has 45 percent support in the Hayes poll, while one Republican candidate, former attorney general Dan Sullivan, gets 33 percent.
8:01 AM, Feb 7, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Obamacare is extremely unpopular in Colorado, according to a new Quinnipiac poll, and that looks like trouble for the state's senior senator, first-term Democrat Mark Udall. In its survey of registered voters in Colorado, Quinnipiac found that 60 percent oppose the health-care law, and only 37 percent support it. Those who oppose Obamacare in Colorado include 68 percent of independents, 53 percent of women, and 61 percent of young adults under the age of 30.
Bevin, not McConnell, leads Democrat in new poll.12:08 PM, Feb 3, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Mitch McConnell, the Republican senator from Kentucky and Senate minority leader, is tied with the leading Democratic candidate, secretary of state Alison Lundergan Grimes, in the race, according to a new poll from Rasmussen Reports. McConnell's Republican primary challenger Matt Bevin, meanwhile, leads Grimes by four points.
10:01 AM, Jan 31, 2014 • By JAY COST
Another poll shows Hillary Clinton leading the pack of would-be Democratic nominees by an outsized margin. This one is courtesy of ABC News-Washington Post, which has her at 73 percent support among would-be Democratic voters—with Joe Biden trailing at just 12 percent.
What to make of this?
1:13 PM, Jan 30, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A poll of New Hampshire voters from Purple Strategies shows how the various potential presidential candidates are faring two years before the traditional first primary. But of more immediate concern is the 2014 race for the U.S.
11:25 AM, Jan 14, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Good news. Joy Wilke at Gallup reports that Americans are feeling increasingly upbeat. Recent polling data indicates that:
9:04 AM, Jan 13, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll conducted on behalf of the Conservative Intelligence Briefing shows Michigan Republican Terri Lynn Land leading Democrat Gary Peters in the race for the U.S. Senate among likely voters. Here's more:
11:50 AM, Jan 2, 2014 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
Two days after Christmas I found myself in a doctor's office in New Jersey at eight o'clock in the morning. As I sat in the waiting room, a middle-aged woman came in and began a discussion with the receptionist. It seemed that her daughter, who would turn 26 on December 31, was trying to figure out what to do about health insurance.
10:48 AM, Jan 2, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Government, we are told by those who evangelize for more of it, is the “things we choose to do together.” If so, then “we" don’t appear to be so happy with the job we have been collectively doing. As Rebecca Shabad at the Hill reports, a recent poll done by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that:
8:29 AM, Dec 11, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The latest national opinion poll show Barack Obama continuing to receive low marks from the American people, just over a year after his reelection. The poll, commissioned by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, found that 54 percent of Americans disapprove of the job Obama is doing as president, a record high for his term in office, while 43 percent say they approve.